The Plenary Sessions represent the culmination of the legislative work done in committees and in the political groups.
These sessions are where the Parliament formally sits to vote on EU legislation and adopt its position on political issues. The MEPs (the Members of the European Parliament) meet around once a month in Strasbourg for a four-day part session from Monday to Thursday. In addition to these twelve annual Strasbourg sessions, the Parliament may also meet in additional two-day plenary sessions in Brussels up to six times a year.
The European parliament has 766 elected members from 28 Member States of the European Union and conducts its plenary debates in 24 languages.
The agenda for the plenary sitting is published online. This agenda is deemed to be definitive only after the adoption by the Conference of Presidents (of political groups) - in principle each Thursday before the Strasbourg part-session.
KEY ITEMS OF THE PLENARY:
- The state of play of negotiations with the United Kingdom
- The fight against cybercrime
- Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment
- Situation in Moldova
- Ending child marriages
- EU-Egypt partnership priorities for 2017-2020
- 2017 UN Climate Change Conference – COP23
- Thousands of cancellations of flights by Ryanair and the enforcement of the air passenger rights regulation
- Safety of passenger ships
- Preparation of the European Council meeting (19-20 October)
- Schengen acquis provisions relating to the Visa Information System in Bulgaria and Romania
- Presentation of the Court of Auditors' annual report - 2016
- Interpol arrest warrants (Red Notices)
- European Public Prosecutor's Office
- Prison systems and conditions
- Motions for resolutions concerning debates on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (Situation of people with albinism in Malawi and other African countries, The cases of Crimean Tatar leaders and journalist, Situation in Maldives)
Full agenda: go to Plenary activities below